I'll start with something small... Our anniversary trip from June... It was lovely. We had such a nice time. It was only a day away but it felt like so much more. I started the afternoon with a massage that Peter gifted to me from a local spa (for Valentine's Day... lazy, I know.) He picked me up and we grabbed a Rita's water ice and he gave me my joint birthday/anniversary gift: a beautiful, alexandrite tennis bracelet. It's gorgeous. My breath catches whenever I wear it. It's perfect. Alexandrite is my birthstone (in spite of most people defaulting to the pearl because of the ease to acquire). Non-synthetic alexandrite is hard to find... ever changing... The stone reflects light and is never the same color. Perhaps like me in a lot of ways. But I digress: bracelet. Gorgeous. Love it. Perfect gift. Then, we headed up to our getaway.
We checked into our B&B then hit the local movie theater, which reminded me of something out of 1985. Old fashioned seats and screens (and concessions). They even had a photo booth in the lobby. After kicking Peter's butt in air hockey (did I mention the games???), we stepped inside the booth and took pics. The last one is my favorite.
We saw Hangover 2. Raunchy, but funny.
Then, back to the B&B for a quick wardrobe change and on to the winery for dinner. It was delicious. And Fate had something else in store for us. The couple who sat at our table? Twin parents on their first date post-babies. Boy/Girl twins... They were infertiles.... Knew our RE... We had a lot in common. It was crazy.
Dinner (and the wine) were wonderful. We had a great time. The next morning, we headed to our favorite little spot, did some town walking, enjoyed lunch, and then made our way home to our very happy kids who had water colored pictures for us and anxiously awaited our return (even though they had a great time without us). It was nice to be away but even nicer to come home. :)
It's hard to believe they are turning 2... This is the last month they will be 1 and something. The last month we'll count "months" and not years. I got their birthday invitations in the mail. I still cant believe it.
As I plan their birthday party, I am constantly amazed at the miracles in my midst. Constantly amazed. They are growing up more and more.
When we go outside to play, Bobby brings me presents. He has this intent look on his face, then his eyes light up and he'll pick something up, be it a rock, leaf, branch, or whatever, then run it over to me. I thank him, give him a big hug and kiss, and he's off! It's the most adorable thing ever. I love those leaves... rocks... These gifts that he finds and brings to me. It's like hearing "I love you, Mama" over and over again when I look at them.
Maya... Ah, Maya. Recently the little one (who is more like me and is my "just desserts" even though I hate to admit it).... Recently, she took off her diaper and hid it. Now, this wouldnt be so terrible, except... The dipe is dirty. I cant find it. I've looked, Peter's looked. It is to the wind. We have torn the house apart. My prayer is that she somehow got it in a garbage can and we missed it. I can only imagine what we will find if we ever find the thing. I guess, on a good note, the dipe is biodegradable... Ugh. I dont even want to continue this line of thought.
We had a tornado last Friday. It was brief and, thank God, we didnt suffer any substantial damage. We are, however, losing one of our giant Maples from the front yard. Best guess is that lightening hit it, spliting it down the middle, and then the heavy winds did the rest. One company thought they could save it and bolt it back together. We were willing to do whatever to save the tree, but when the guys came today, they told us that, sadly, they didnt think there was enough left to save. It breaks my heart that this tree has to come down. It's one of the gorgeous front yard trees that brought such an aire of peace to this property. Not to mention, I'm sad for the tree-spirit. We did all we could to save it and now we have to say good-bye. I'm troubled about this, but there is no other way. Another good storm and if our house managed to stay out of harms way, there's no guarantee a car (or person) on the street would be so lucky.
Well, that's all for today, I suppose. Hopefully this space will start feeling more like home once again and I'll be more of a resident and less of a guest. But, for now, this is me... :) Hugs to you all and my apologizes that I'm still to the wind.